There are pretty much only two things that I demand from my PC mouse as a gamer, as far as physical features go at least, and those are side-mounted thumb-buttons and “on-the-fly” sensitivity adjustment.
Paul Urquhart | Tuesday, September 28 2010
Product type: Gaming mouse
RRP incl GST: $85
- 3,500DPI Infrared sensor
- 1,000Hz USB polling
- Only three buttons
- Sensitivity switch inconveniently placed
Could use a few more buttons, but a solid gaming mouse nonetheless.
There are pretty much only two things that I demand from my PC mouse as a gamer, as far as physical features go at least, and those are side-mounted thumb-buttons and “on-the-fly” sensitivity adjustment. I mention these straight off the bat as the mouse I am looking at today – the Razer Abyssus – is marketed as a gaming mouse yet it completely lacks one of these features, and has butchered the other.
To be fair, though, there are plenty of positives about this mouse, so we’ll start with those before coming back to the (somewhat subjective) shortcomings.
Most mice in this price range have 1,800DPI infrared sensors – this is basically a camera on the bottom of the mouse which tracks motion across the surface of your desk or mouse pad, with a higher DPI rating meaning the ability to track movement more finely – but the Abyssus packs a 3,500DPI sensor for maximum sensitivity.
Another cool thing you usually don’t get without spending a few more bucks is the 1,000Hz ‘Ultrapolling’ feature. This just means that the mouse sends a signal to your PC one thousand times per second, or once every millisecond, when other so-called gaming mice dawdle along at 125Hz/8ms. This can be crucial during fast-paced gaming action.
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